Policy Position on Decriminalisation and HIV

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HIV has a disproportionate impact on sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people and people who inject drugs among other key populations. Major factors that influence HIV vulnerability and cause AIDS-related deaths include human rights violations, such as criminalisation of HIV transmission, sex work, same sex relationships, and drug use.

Concerned by the growing trend of criminalisation of our beneficiaries from these populations across the world, the Alliance has adopted a common position on decriminalisation. The position, outlined below, is a declaration of principles that our Linking Organisations and Secretariat subscribe to as members of the Alliance. The Alliance recognises the specificity of each social and political environment where our Linking Organisations operate and is committed to providing the necessary support to its members for the furtherance of this policy.